Archive for September, 2011

Ashburn VA: House Calls a Thing of the Past? Not at Ashby Ponds.

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

At Ashby Ponds retirement community, a local veterinarian visits her mother – and a few four-legged friends!

At Ashby Ponds retirement community, there are about eighty cats and dogs that need veterinary care from time to time. Sensitive to this need, a veterinarian from Agape Veterinary Clinic in The Plains, VA, decided to help. Katherine Buck Gray, DVM, visits Ashby Ponds regularly to see her mother who lives at the community; while she is there, she has agreed to offer veterinary services to the residents’ pets.

“I can give vaccines and physical exams as well as treat ear and skin problems,” said Dr. Gray. With appointments made in advance, she can also bring a technician along and do procedures like nail trims, blood draws, and aspirates. “It’s nice to have a busy daughter who finds an excuse to come and see her mother once in a while, and provide a service at the same time,” said Alice Buck, Dr. Gray’s mother.

For residents who do not drive anymore like Dorothy Sampugna, the resident chair of the Ashby Ponds dog club, the visits by Dr. Gray are truly valued and appreciated. “Where else would you find a vet willing to make house calls but at Ashby Ponds?” said Sampugna, owner of cherished lab mix, Brewster.

Dr. Gray comes to the community about once a month to facilitate annual exams, take care of minor medical problems, and answer questions. “I have had several requests to speak about geriatric problems in older animals,” said Dr. Gray who recently spoke to the dog club about Lyme disease.

With so many other convenient services provided at the community like the on-site fitness center, indoor pool, and hair salon, adding a veterinarian to the list of services is an added bonus to many of the residents at the community. Dr. Gray will return to Ashby Ponds for house calls on Tuesday, September 20.

Cancer and Dogs: One Pet’s Tale by John Rennie

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Two years ago, for roughly the 15,000th time, I patted our dog Newman on the head. That time my fingers found an unexpected depression half the size of a ping-pong ball above and behind his right eye.

Thinking he had somehow bashed in his skull, my wife Jennifer and I rushed Newman to a nearby veterinarian, who quickly set us straight. His skull was fine. Rather, the bulky muscles of Newman’s forehead and jaw had withered, revealing the bony contours beneath.

The most likely cause was a brain tumor. With that suggestion, we plunged into a two-year lesson in the treatment of canine cancer.

The National Canine Cancer Foundation estimates that one out of every three dogs gets cancer, in part, because modern pets’ longer life spans allow more time for malignancies to develop.

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Carmel CA: Food Company is Very Dog Friendly

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Received from this restaurant in Carmel CA -

We wanted to let you know that our new restaurant, the Carmel Food Company, is very dog friendly:Enjoy a fabulous lunch or dinner on our heated garden patio with your four-legged friend. We don’t just “tolerate” dogs, we encourage you to bring your beloved pet! We’ll be waiting with a bowl of fresh water and a delicious doggy treat. Chef Sven even keeps a few beef patties & chicken strips on hand for our canine diners. We want your dining experience to be a special one for your pet too.We are located on Junipero between 5th and 6th in Carmel. Telephone is (831) 624-0300. Our website can be seen at We hope you and your pet will visit us soon. Kind regards,The Staff at Carmel Food Company